It appears Pennsylvania Republican Pat Meehan jumped the gun in trying to have the challenge to his nominating petitions dismissed.

On Thursday, an attorney for Meehan filed a motion to dismiss the challenge based on the fact that the campaign had not yet been served with a copy of the complaint.

The Meehan camp's motion claimed that Commonwealth Court procedures required the four Republican petitioners to serve Meehan with the complaint by 5 p.m. Wednesday. In fact, Meehan doesn't have to be served until 5 p.m. on March 29 -- nullifying the initial grounds for dismissal.

James Colins, Meehan's attorney and a former Commonwealth Court judge, acknowledged to local reporters that that the finding "would make my motion moot," but noted he would wait for a court ruling on it. He added, "But it still doesn't add any credibility to the petition to remove [Meehan] from the ballot."